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Javier Bardem Gets A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Javier Bardem & Sam Mendes

Congratulations to Señor Javier Bardem for receiving the 2,484th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! We have an international cast for this induction ceremony: We have Mr. Bardem who is from Spain; director of Skyfall and guest speaker Sam Mendes is from England; then the two new Bond Girls in attendance are Berenice Marlohe from France and Naomie Harris from England. I was kinda hoping to see Javier’s wife and fellow Spaniard, Penelope Cruz as well but it was said that she was busy filming during this event. One more person I wanted to see: Daniel Craig! It’s a long shot but hey, they’re promoting Skyfall at the same time so who knows?

The first one to arrive was Skyfall Director, Sam Mendes. He went on to sign some autograph for the fans.

Sam Mendes

And then there was Naomie Harris.

Naomie Harris

Her face looked familiar even if I’ve never seen or heard about her before. Then I realized she was Tia Dalma from Pirates of the Caribbean, one of my favorite movies of all time! Wow, I’m an idiot haha. She sure looked different without the dreadlocks and the black lips!

Berenice Marlohe then came at the same time as Javier Bardem. I gotta say, this new Bond Girl stole the show! She was so GORGEOUS in person! I think I’m in love!

Berenice Marlohe

It’s funny because I saw some photographers taking more pictures of her than Javier Bardem. It’s like, “Ah I already got my shot of him, I’ll now focus on the things that interest me.”

Berenice Marlohe

And in this photo, all she did was hold on to that post and smile and voila! An instant high fashion shoot for the photographers!

berenice marlohe

The ceremony started and Sam Mendes took the stage. Part of the speech was about Javier dyeing his hair blonde for the new Bond movie, then entering the set and nobody recognizing him. I checked the trailer again today, he does look different! I think I dig the darker hair though. What do you think?

The guys then shared a big hug.

Javier Bardem & Sam Mendes

Javier Bardem Time!

Javier Bardem

Here’s his speech courtesy of Hollwood Walk of Fame:

 

The star was unveiled and then photo op galore again!

Berenice Marlohe, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Sam Mendes

Berenice Marlohe, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Sam Mendes

Haha look at that. Sam Mendes looks like he’s saying “oooh yeah I’m touching Naomie’s tummy!”

At this point I just badly wanted to have a picture with the super beautiful Berenice Marlohe. I was worried I wasn’t going to get one because she was on the other side but then she got closer and closer until she was on our side! Woohoo! Some stupid guy from the press with his iPad kept blocking my sight of her (for Christ’s sake, please don’t shoot with your iPad when you got people behind you!) but then when I called her she did respond and I finally got a picture with her!

Berenice Marlohe

She asked me if my camera was working because it didn’t flash. I said, “hmm let me see…” then I checked the LCD and yup it worked just fine and I showed it to her. We smiled together. Aww. We shared a moment. An even bigger story is that our faces were literally five inches away while we were exchanging words. In my fantasy we were already French kissing haha. I wish it happened in real life!

She got back to me after some time and we had another photo. This time, I had my flash on.

Berenice Marlohe

One photo means it’s a photo op, two photos means we’re close. Now we’re close. I’ll call her Berber from now on.

And finally, the man of the hour went to my side and there ya go, a new movie poster for 007:

Javier Bardem

James Bond, get read for us!

For those of you who would like to visit Javier Bardem‘s star, it’s located at 6834 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, right in front of the El Capitan Theatre.


Extra Presents: The Voice

Extra The Voice

The Extra taping last night was extra special! The judges and hosts of the TV show The Voice all showed up and boy was the place jam packed!

Do you want to see the photos?! Let me here ya!!!

Applause

Here’s Mario Lopez to welcome everyone to the show

Mario Lopez

And co-host Renee Bargh went on to the stage to join him

Renee Bargh

It’s  a bit of a wait before the guests arrived so Chunky (that guy above holding the “applause” sign) entertained the crowd in the meantime. It was a lot of fun hearing his non-sense jokes! Lots of freebies were given to the crowd as well, like T-shirts and cardboard cutouts of the judges’ heads. Guess who’s head was the most in demand?! *I’m at a payphone trying to call home, all of my change I spent on you…* yep… Adam Levine! Even guys were asking for it. I was one of them haha. Moving on…

Hosts Carson Daly and Christina Milian were the first to hit the stage…

Carson Daly & Cristina Milian

Christina Milian

Then the judges…

Here’s singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actor, Cee Lo Green!!!

Cee Lo Green

One of the best-selling music artists of all time, Christina Aguilera!!!

Christina Aguilera

Winner of this year’s CMA Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Song of the Year for “Over You”,  Blake Shelton!!!

Blake Shelton & Christina Aguilera

And last but not the least… my favorite, but before anything, let me tell you the cons of watching a live TV show taping. Compared to a concert or any stage performances where you see the performers in full view, a TV show taping will give you a harder time seeing the people on stage since most of the camera men and their equipment will be blocking your sight. Remember, it’s TV-first, live audience-second. Unless you get a really good spot then you will have no problem but for most of the audience, having the crew’s backs blocking your photos is pretty common.

Okay back to my judges’ introduction. This guy doesn’t really need one. Arguably the sexiest male vocalist of this era, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine!!!

Adam Levine

And he’s on a hole haha. You’re asking what the hell is up with that picture?! Well, that’s the cameraman’s back, the tripod and some other crew member’s body blocking my shot! I just photoshopped it a bit to make it look somewhat artistic. It does pass as “artistic”, right?! I uploaded the hi-res photo, just click on it and save on your computer. Make it your Adam Levine-On-A-Hole desktop wallpaper haha.

Some lucky audience members were brought to the stage to ask them questions. There were some singing as well where the judges had to choose from four contestants which one they liked the most.

Extra Audience

Now here’s all of them with Mario Lopez. Photo was taken from the big screen…

The Voice on Extra

You can tell they were all having a good time, especially Adam who wasn’t able to control himself from laughing!

By the way, R&B Singer Usher and Latin Pop Goddess Shakira will be temporarily replacing Cee Lo and Christina Aguilera for Season 4 of The Voice, which is scheduled to air in the spring of 2012. They will then return for Season 5.

That’s all folks!


Victoria Justice @ The Grove 10/26/2012

Victoria Justice & Mario Lopez

Victoria Justice guests on Extra  to promote her new movie,  Fun Size showing October 26, 2012…. that is today!!! Let’s go to see it! Meanwhile, here are some photos from this morning:

The Cast of Fun Size with Mario Lopez…

Osric Chau, Jane Levy, Thomas Mann, Victoria Justice, Mario Lopez

Osric Chau, Jane Levy, Thomas Mann, Victoria Justice, Mario Lopez

Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann

Jane LevyJane Levy

Jane Levy

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Thomas Mann, Victoria Justice, Mario Lopez

Thomas Mann and Victoria Justice with Mario Lopez

Victoria Justice & Mario Lopez

Victoria Justice & Mario Lopez

Victoria Justice & Mario Lopez

Extra videos as well, shot after the interview. You can see Victoria’s mom, Serene Justice, on 0:07.

 

 

Victoria is a real darling on TV and in person! Please don’t forget to watch Fun Size!  And also, please don’t forget to watch Extra, Mondays to Fridays on NBC.


Cloud Atlas Red Carpet Premiere

Cloud Atlas Movie Poster

I’m still hyped from seeing Denzel Washington last night and I’m thrilled to be in another premiere just 24 hours after! Here we are today at The Grauman’s Chinese Theater for the Red Carpet Premiere of Cloud Atlas.

 

 

There’s another premiere simultaneously held at the Arclight Cinemas, it’s called Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. It’s a great movie as well  (I love the video game!) featuring Adelaide Clemens, Carrie Anne Moss and Malcolm McDowell. I chose to go to the Cloud Atlas premiere for obvious reasons: the star power of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant!

Cloud Atlas Premiere

Let’s go spot some movie peeps!

Here’s writer/producer/director of the film, Lana Wachowski!

Lana Wachowski

She and her brother, Andy, are best known for directing The Matrix. They’re more popularly known as the Wachowski Brothers/Wachowski Starship/The Wachowskis. Other films they’re involved at are Bound, Speed Racer, V for Vendetta,  and Ninja Assassin.

Lana Wachowski

You can tell she’s in a very good mood!

Lana Wachowski

Now here’s the other half of The Wachowskis, Andy Wachowski!

Andy Wachowski

English actor Jim Broadbent

Jim Broadbent

I’m sure you know the next one. Academy Award Winning Actress, Susan Sarandon!

Susan Sarandon

It’s funny because while I was taking the picture above, there was this woman behind me who was talking in another language and even if I wasn’t able to understand what she was saying, it was very clear that she was so ecstatic and she mentioned Susan Sarandon’s full name about a hundred times! It’s always nice to know that the tourists are enjoying their time here in Hollywood!

Now here’s Jim Sturgess and his mustache

Jim Sturgess

Keanu Reeves also made an appearance which is a huge surprise because I love the guy and I didn’t expect him to be there! The Wachowskis directed The Matrix series so I guess he’s there to support them. He hasn’t made that much films as of late but he’s working on two new films, Man of Tai Chi an 47 Ronin. I didn’t get to take a picture of him *sigh*, he was too quick to disappear. He still got those The Matrix moves.

Now let’s see the star of the film, the man who needs no introduction, Mr. Tom Hanks!!!

Tom Hanks

He took out his iPhone and decided to take a video of the crowd. Nice. We’re gonna be on Tom Hank’s iPhone haha!

The only disappointment of the night was that there’s no Hugh Grant appearance but to me it’s really not a big deal because after seeing a Tom Hanks and a Susan Sarandon up close, I guarantee that everybody will go home happy! Well, except for the ones who came there just for Hugh Grant but oh well, there’s always a next time for you guys.

Last but not the least is another Academy Award Winning Actress,  Halle Berry!

Halle Berry

And now it’s time for you to see what it feels like to be Halle Berry on the red carpet! Make sure you give your best smile to the cameras, okay?!

Ready?

Halle Berry

Stand up straight, give your best red carpet pose!

Halle Berry

Alright 1…2…3… smile!!!

Halle Berry

Yayyy!!! You sure got it in you! You’re gonna be the next Halle. Halle Tosis.

That’s all folks! See you again on the next premiere!


Flight Red Carpet Premiere

Flight Movie Poster

We’re here at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Sunset Blvd and we’re celebrating Denzel Washington Day! Another A-lister we’re adding to our list. The setup here in Arclight is not as crowd friendly as in Grauman’s Chinese Theater but let’s see if we get lucky and get to see Denzel up close.

The last movie I saw him in revolved around a train, this time on a plane. The movie looks promising and I would definitely go see it!

Here’s the trailer:

He was also in a movie called Safe House with Ryan Reynolds just recently but I didn’t go to the premiere of that one so here’s my chance. The film is directed by Academy Award Winning Director Robert Zemeckis and it stars Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle and Melissa Leo.

The carpet was white, not red, so that it matches the theme of the movie. At first I thought that white thing was something that’s supposed to be under the red carpet and they’ll add that later but as time went by I realized that it was the carpet itself. For some reason, I was too worried it will have too many footprints. As if people will take pictures of it. And as if I’m the one cleaning it after. I should get a life. And this paragraph doesn’t have any significance at all. Anyways…

Reelz Channel Reporter

“Alright guys, let’s get started!”

Here’s Rebecca Da Costa. She appeared in the movie Seven Below with Val Kilmer.

Rebecca Da Costa

Actor/Writer/Producer John Gatins

John Gatins

Justin Martin. He was in High School Musical 3 and played the young version of Jamie Foxx in The Soloist.

Justin Martin

Hmm. Young Jamie Foxx. Could be. I guess.

Bruce Greenwood. He played Pike on Star Trek (2009) and has also worked with Denzel before on the movie Deja Vu. He was also on Eight Below (with Paul Walker). I love that movie. I love Siberian Huskies!

Bruce Greenwood

Kenya Moore

Kenya Moore

Melissa Leo, she played Alice Ward, Micky (Mark Wahlberg) and Dicky’s (Christian Bale) mom in The Fighter, where she won the Golden Globe, Screen Actor’s Guild Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Melissa Leo

There’s no appearance for John Goodman and Don Cheadle for the night, I wonder why. Not a big deal though and it’s not something I would cry about haha. Frankly I just came here for the great Denzel.

Like I said above, the setup in Arclight is not very crowd friendly because the railings are set in a way that the actors will have no chance of getting out of the red carpet to interact with fans but Bruce Greenwood was nice enough to ask the security personnel to open it up so he can walk towards us.

And yay! I got a picture with him!

Bruce Greenwood

We had a nice chit chat too. He said Denzel won’t be arriving for another hour and I said “an hour?!” and he said he was just kidding and he’ll be there in 15 mins. I said that we really wouldn’t mind if it takes him a whole day, we’ll wait no matter what. Of course I was just kidding too. I don’t have that much patience haha. The picture I took was blurry and he’s not looking at the camera so I asked for another one.

Bruce Greenwood

There. Much better. Thank you so much Bruce!!!

And finally, the main man. I was actually really afraid by this time that I’m not going to get any good shots because a bunch of  media men have flocked in front of me. Not good. All I got from my camera by this time were people’s backs. I still managed to get Denzel though, but just barely. So here it is, ladies and gentlemen, my somewhat voyeuristic photos of Mr. Denzel Washington!

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Okay let’s just say I made those “through-the-hole” shots for artistic purposes and let’s leave it at that. I’m an artist, ya know. Haha.

That’s all for tonight folks! See you again on the next premiere!


Starstruck to the Max: Seeing Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler, Malin Akerman & Kathryn Hahn

Jennifer Aniston & Adam Sandler

One of the most unforgettable days of my Hollywood stargazing career. My first time.  The day I lost my seeing-an-A-List-celebrity virginity.

I learned from the news that Jennifer Aniston was going to get a Star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was going to be held on a weekday morning but thankfully I had nothing to do for that day. Stars aligned. I’m destined to see her! I went there pretty early, around 8:30 am. My gut feeling told me I had to, because I knew it would be crowded and the earlier I get there, the easier I can get a good spot.  I was right. Although I still didn’t get the best spot since some people got there way earlier than me. But it’s fine, my place didn’t look that bad either. The event won’t start until 11:30 so I took the time to meet everyone around me. They were all cool. Some were tourists, some were regulars to star ceremonies. One of them was this crazy guy who never stopped talking and was even wearing a suit because he said it was a very special day for him and he really liked Jen. That was so sweet. Well, at least during that time. But fast forward to today after I’ve been to so many events like this and seeing him wearing a suit all the time even during a 100 deg F summer weather, I learned he was just weird. Anyways, talking made the time pass much faster so just like that, it’s 11! Only 30 mins and I’ll see Jen!

I had no idea who else I was going to see here. I knew there will be a guest speaker, usually a celebrity as well. Common sense told me it was going to be her Friends cast mates (seriously, I was singing the I’ll Be There For You them the whole night and morning before I got there!). Her career skyrocketed with this sitcom, which happened to be my favorite of all time, and it would be easy to assume they were going to be there. Word of mouth was different though, as people said it was Adam Sandler who was going to be the guest speaker. Whoah! Adam Sandler! One of my favorite comedians ever! I said to myself that even if none of the Friends cast attended, I would still be happy (or even happier) if Adam would be there. I’ve seen almost all of his movies and it would be so amazing to finally see him here.

It’s finally time for the ceremony to start. Hollywood Chamber of Commerce CEO Leron Gubler got on the stage to do mike tests and to break the ice. This was also an opportunity for the media people to check their equipment, test their cameras and audios and stuff. I calibrated my camera as well. Ooh yeah. Let’s do this!

First celebrity to arrive was another surprise:

Malin Akerman

In a sea of people wearing nice suits and gowns came a super gorgeous blonde who’s so beautiful it was impossible not to notice her. Malin Åkerman! I remember seeing Watchmen in the movie house before, it was super boring, my friend fell asleep. I didn’t because of the super hot Silk Spectre II! She’s the only one worth watching in that film haha. No offense, Rorschach. You’re cool but you’re boring! I also had this in my mind the moment I saw her…

I love that scene.

At this moment, I was starstruck! I wasn’t really the type who freaks out when I see a celebrity but Malin was super pretty, like she was from another planet! I was like, wow, people THIS beautiful do exist! I thought magazines just kept editing photos to make people look unrealistic, I learned there were actually people who were above photo manipulation. Like goddesses. Flawless beauty.

Malin Akerman

The next one I saw was Kathryn Hahn. I didn’t know her name during this time but I her face was very familiar. I’ve seen her in funny movies before like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and the super hilarious Step Brothers (favorite scene: “Don’t touch my drumset!!!”)

Kathryn Hahn

None of the Friends cast was there, I guessed they really weren’t going. Oh well. It’s all good because I was already walking in clouds just seeing these two celebrities that I’ve only seen on the big screen before. I still can’t imagine we were sharing the same space!

And then came the Sandman! *play Enter Sandman*

ADAM SANDLER had arrived!!!

Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler

Oh hell yeah!!! The man stood right in front of us! I wanted to kneel down and say “I’m not worthy! I’m not worthy!” haha. It was an amazing moment. He talked to the woman seated in front of us, whose name I later on learned to be Terry Moore.

Terry Moore

Okay I still didn’t know who Terry Moore was even after learning her name but now I know she was in the original Mighty Joe Young (1949). And guess who’s in the cover of Playboy on the August 1984 issue?

Terry Moore Playboy

Courtesy iOffer.com

She was a bombshell in her prime! Much love!

Also spotted in the crowd was Jen’s dad, John Aniston.

John Aniston

Jen’s boyfriend, Justin Thereoux was also there but I didn’t get to see him well as he was a bit far from our side.

I just loved how Adam Sandler always wore a T-shirt and shorts no matter where he went and what event he’s attending. Later during the speech, he even joked to Jen how special she is to him that’s why he wore T-shirt and shorts on her big day haha.

And finally, the Walk of Fame Inductee, Jennifer Aniston had arrived!

Jennifer Aniston

“Weeee!!!” clap clap clap!

She was greeted by her friends on stage, who both gave a speech for her.

Kathryn Hahn, Malin Akerman, Jennifer Aniston

Kathryn Hahn & Jennifer Aniston

So cute seeing these real-life friends together.

Adam Sandler took the stage after and his speech was hilarious, from calling her “Jeneefer Anistofalufagus” to putting his chewing gum on the podium! Here’s the video courtesy of CELEBScom:

Adam Sandler & Jennifer Aniston

And here’s Jen’s speech:

 

Jennifer Aniston

Jen was nice enough to pick up Adam Sandler’s chewing gum that he left on the podium with a napkin. Such a nice lady!

It was then time for the star to be revealed. Congratulations, Jen!!!


Courtesy of Worldmonitor.tv

The event was covered by a lot of different networks, and I even saw myself on CBS later that night haha. Yep. On the left of the two screaming girls is the face of a man you could’ve easily mistaken for Brad Pitt. Just kidding. Not even close. I’ll keep this screenshot as a souvenir though!

Photographer

It was an epic moment sharing one of the biggest days of Jennifer Aniston’s career with her. Her name is now immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Jennifer Aniston Walk of Fame Star

For those of you who would like to see her star, it’s right in front of the W Hotel in Hollywood Blvd (near Vine). Her star can be found together with the stars of Adam Sandler, Ellen Degeneres, Reese Witherspoon, and may others.

So that’s my story. I think I have already told this a million times to all the people I’ve talked to and I don’t mind telling it a million times more. Feel free to browse this website and read the rest of my celebrity encounters. If you’re planning to visit LA and would love to see a Walk of Fame induction ceremony, please visit this website, http://www.walkoffame.com/ You may check on their upcoming ceremonies so you can schedule your visit.